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Son ejected from bus due to race....(article title)

Posted by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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Parents: Son ejected from Wis. bus due to race

December 14, 2013 9:00 pm

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — The family of a Janesville teenager who was kicked off a city bus last month alleges the incident was racially motivated and is seeking $500,000 from the city.

The family's lawyer said the boy, who is black, was ordered to vacate his seat in the priority seating area and move to the back of the bus to make room for a boarding passenger even though other seats were available.

The city released a statement Friday questioning the family's version of events. It also released surveillance video of the driver's dialogue with the teen, which the Janesville Gazette has posted (http://bit.ly/19K9cej ).

Attorney Amy Scarr, whom Taji Muhammad and Shytivia Turner-Muhammad hired to represent them and their 15-year-old son, said she hasn't filed a claim but that she sent a letter detailing her position to the city's attorney, Gregg Gunta.

"We would want some compensation for this boy, who was victimized by the bus driver," Scarr said.

Gunta declined to comment.

On the video, the driver can be heard telling someone, "Hon, you're not disabled. Why don't you move and let that lady sit down."

A white woman gets up and moves to the back of the bus. A black teen doesn't move, saying he doesn't need to because someone else has already opened up a space.

The driver says, "I know, but you can move to the back, too, because you don't belong down here."

The boy walks back, muttering something that Scarr acknowledged sounded like it started with an "F." The bus driver yells, "Hey, off my bus — now."

The bus driver is retiring effective Jan. 1, City Manager Mark Freitag said.

by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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Billiejeens
by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM
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Being a black teenager probably qualifies him as handicapped - let him stay.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

He shouldn't have been there in the first place. He had no right to be there. I am glad for the driver.  Racist? I think not!

MeAndTommyLee
by Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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Really?  He should have moved when it had been a general request.  The woman did.  Parents don't teach their kids jack anymore about consideration for others, etiquette etc.  This is just another attemp to squeeze money that isn't deserved.  

MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

When will racists ever learn.

The only person they really hurt is themselves with a hefty lawsuit.So much for superiority and so true for stupidity.

 

Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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uh huh... really? this is about race? It appears that he was sitting in a priority seating area, the oncoming woman could have been purple, the point is he was sitting somewhere he shouldn't, not because of color. The bus driver never said related to color-

even if the seat isn't needed, he shouldn't have sat there.

AND they want moneary compensation... hmm.

jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM
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It sound like this was public transportation.  In this case teh front seats are ALWAYS marked as handicapped reserved. The boy sounds like he was not too respectful of the driver and maybe teh woman needed more room that one spot.  Maybe the driver anticipated another 'regular' who also required more room.  All in all it sounds like the family wants $$ not justice.


Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM
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 yup I see where this is going, bus drivers will be afraid to ask people to move out of priority seating, guess why...

Quoting Billiejeens:

Being a black teenager probably qualifies him as handicapped - let him stay.

 

Billiejeens
by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

 Were you able to comprehend that he was sitting in handicapped seating?

Quoting MomTiara19:

When will racists ever learn.

The only person they really hurt is themselves with a hefty lawsuit.So much for superiority and so true for stupidity.

 

 

Billiejeens
by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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 Maybe we could simply give them their own section.

Doesn't really matter, for those that see themselves as black first, foremost and always, their seat on the bus will never change.

Quoting Ziva65:

 yup I see where this is going, bus drivers will be afraid to ask people to move out of priority seating, guess why...

Quoting Billiejeens:

Being a black teenager probably qualifies him as handicapped - let him stay.

 

 

Billiejeens
by on Dec. 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM

 Of course, less dangerous than selling crack on the corner.

Quoting jobseeker:

It sound like this was public transportation.  In this case teh front seats are ALWAYS marked as handicapped reserved. The boy sounds like he was not too respectful of the driver and maybe teh woman needed more room that one spot.  Maybe the driver anticipated another 'regular' who also required more room.  All in all it sounds like the family wants $$ not justice.


 

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